Tonight Benny completed his 7th day from transplant. We are still at ground zero and eagerly awaiting for his body to begin producing his own cells. Benny had a few happy hours playing with his Daddy and riding on his shoulders. The remainder of the day, Benny spiked a fever that continues to go up and down into the night.
Tomorrow we hope is the day that Benny will begin to produce his own cells. Tomorrow we are in the 8th month since his diagnosis, tomorrow is the 8th day since stem cell transfusion and most importantly, tomorrow is Benny’s 2 Year BIRTHDAY!!! The number 8 and the powers that come with it Malah Min HaTeva will IY”H give Benny the boost that he needs.
We hope to celebrate tomorrow with cake and balloons. You are all invited to see Benny wave from outside his hospital window on Sunset Boulevard or in the hospital playground. We hope to arrange for a bunch of balloons for people to send off up into the air as Benny watches through his window. Lift off should occur around 12:30-45 pm. If you can’t make it tomorrow IY”H we can celebrate his Hebrew birthday together on the 7th day of Kislev.
I was reminiscing earlier with Ari about the past year and how it feels like a life time. One year ago on Benny’s first birthday my mother and I took Benny for professional pictures. Little did we know that those pictures would serve as the poster child for the Hafroshos Challah cards that we made in his Zechus for a Refuah Shlema. This past year has been a year of extraordinary challenges and tremendous growth. Benny is only two K”H, yet he has accomplished more in his two years than many do in a lifetime. I have learned so much from him. Benny has a love of life, Simchas Hachaim, a smile that wins you over, a twinkle in his gorgeous blue eyes, a collection of about 15 words in his vocabulary that when uttered makes your heart melt, the best high fives and fist pumps and contagious laughter. We feel so grateful to Hashem for Blessing us with such a delightful, delicious and wonderful son.
For anyone wanting to wish Benny a happy birthday, please send a video of yourselves via email and we will play it to Benny all day tomorrow.